Patrick M. Collins

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T. Markus Funk

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Higher Education



Perkins Coie regularly advises leading universities, colleges, campus organizations, research institutes, and their presidents, administrators, and faculty members across the country on a broad range of legal matters, including some of the most sensitive and cutting-edge issues affecting Higher Education clients today.  Perkins Coie proactively addresses these ever-growing legal challenges and has demonstrated experience in:

  • Conducting sensitive internal investigations and reviews;
  • Pursuing and defending complex litigation;
  • Advising on "bet the university" legal issues;
  • Representing individuals, institutions, and organizations against charges of misconduct;
  • Advising leading universities and institutions on U.S. and global patent protection and patent portfolio management in a wide range of technologies;
  • Meeting data security challenges; and
  • Counseling on employment and bankruptcy issues.

Recently, Perkins Coie was selected to conduct an internal review on behalf of the University of Colorado following the “Colorado theater shootings,” and was chosen to conduct an internal probe relating to alleged misconduct by Concordia University of Chicago’s head baseball coach.  We also represented a top University of Illinois administrator in a wide-ranging admissions probe.  These are just a few examples of Perkins Coie's demonstrated expertise in this field.

Representative Higher Education Clients

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Columbia College
  • Concordia University
  • Cornell University
  • DePaul University
  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Stanford University
  • The Regents of the University of California
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Denver
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Washington
  • Westwood College